Week 9 Guest Speaker: Jennifer Lloyd Kelly

photo 3We are particularly privileged this coming week to have as our guest Jennifer Lloyd Kelly. Ms. Kelly is IMHO the leading video game law litigator in the world. She is (for the second time in the history of the course) making the trek from San Francisco where she practices at Fenwick & West LLP. The adjacent photo illustrates Jennifer’s love of ski towns which at least in part explains her willingness to come up to B.C. to speak to us about legal aspects of “originality” in video games.

Jennifer’s Linked In summary says it all:

“I am a partner in the IP and Technology Litigation Group at Fenwick & West and have been in practice for 17 years. I work primarily with companies in the technology sector, including software, gaming, social media, and Internet. My practice focuses on resolving disputes both in and out of court, with a particular emphasis on copyright, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, unfair competition, and defamation disputes, and I pride myself on winning or resolving them early. I was recently named by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top Intellectual Property Attorneys of 2014.”

A large part of my practice, and my passion, is working with clients in the video game/mobile app sector. I not only defend companies who are accused of infringing the copyright and other intellectual property in other’s games, but regularly counsel game clients during the product development phase, providing advice about how to design games/apps to avoid claims for infringement. I also represent companies whose games have been knocked off, including in a recent copyright infringement case I brought on behalf of King.com (publisher of Candy Crush Saga), in which I obtained a very favorable settlement for King that included a stipulated injunction permanently enjoining distribution of the infringing games as well as a substantial payment by their publisher, 6waves.

I regularly author articles and lecture on intellectual property issues in games/mobile apps, including at Berkeley Law, the University of British Columbia Law School, the Gamer Technology Law Conference in Seattle, and the Game Business and Legal Affairs Conference at UCLA.

Specialties: Industries: technology, software, video gaming, mobile gaming, social media, Internet
Practice: intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, business litigation, copyright, trademark, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, libel”